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Travis

DOB: 4/22/19
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Career-Changed from: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Training Phase: B
Scent Training Phase: 4
Learn about our training phases and scent training phases.

Fun Facts:

Travis is a mellow boy that uses his whole body to wag his tail. He loves to please and eager to work.

Travis’s Journey

Active Training

Placement with Client

Ready for Graduation

Working Life-Saver

Travis’s Updates

Training Status Update: 3/10/22

Congratulations…. Travis has been placed with a client and we look forward to a successful, fun, exciting new team to celebrate. Go Team Jaime/Travis..

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 3/10/22

Travis has completed training! This guy is now waiting to be placed. Woohoo! We are so happy for this guy!

 

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 3/7/22

Travis shows off his problem solving skills while his trainer is not paying attention to him. The dogs must be able to pinpoint the target odor on the handler and be persistent enough in that location to get their attention. The entire time the dog is in training, we use a big jackpot reward which can be a combination of food, attention, and a toy to make a positive association between the act of finding and alerting on the odor. check out the video

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 2/19/22

Travis has entered into the final scent testing phase. He will need to meet a minimum accuracy of 90% in order to complete his training. check out the video

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 2/6/22

Travis has entered pre-testing phase. We have added “Let’s check”, which is a placeholder that lets the dog know to wait while the handler checks their blood sugar. check out the video

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 1/16/22

Travis is almost ready to begin his pre-testing phase. We will add in “Let’s Check” as a place holder for letting the dog know that we acknowledge their alert, but we need to verify first before they are rewarded.

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 1/5/22

Travis had a fun Christmas  and New Year’s. He also did some hiking and went to the Art of the Brick exhibit in San Francisco, where he found himself built out of Lego!

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 12/19/21

Travis is quickly adding more decoys to his scent lineup. When we get back from our holiday break, he will be on four decoys!

 

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 11/18/21

Travis’s trainer is working with him on building his duration at the target odor and has begun adding distractions while he is working the scent. Adding distractions helps the dogs focus more on the scent, but it can also help build a dog’s confidence in ensuring they are making the right decision to remain at the target odor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 11/1/21

 Travis is learning to find scent on a person. This teaches the dogs to check the person for scent on a periodic basis

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 10/27/21

Travis has been introduced to the target odor. He is learning to recognize the scent while it’s paired with food and the trainer will gradually reduce the amount of food in the jar with the odor until he is able to recognize it without the food present.

 

 

 

 

Training Status Update: 9/9/21

Welcome Travis

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